The Éamon Donnelly Collection (letter)

NMM:2011.29.1.41

Letter from Cahir Healy, 44 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, to Éamon Donnelly, on Éamon de Valera and conscription. Dated 28 April 1939. Healy writes: "Your prognostication of what De V should do in this instance agreed with his own action. He is not going to the U.S.A. He learned a lesson, I think, from his last...

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Letter from Cahir Healy, 44 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, to Éamon Donnelly, on Éamon de Valera and conscription. Dated 28 April 1939. Healy writes: "Your prognostication of what De V should do in this instance agreed with his own action. He is not going to the U.S.A. He learned a lesson, I think, from his last adventure at the League of Nations. He ought to have been at home then, too. If he had gone to America, he would have met nothing only division amongst our countrymen out there. […] But what are we going to do about Conscription? De V ought to take the lead in getting a movement to prevent the conscription of his Nationals in the Six Counties. He will meet with a great deal of sympathy from the Unionists in this matter. Any Movement of this kind ought to be an All-Ireland and All-Party one. […] There is a chance of uniting the whole people as in 1918, even for a short time, upon this Conscription issue. We ought not to fear anything in our opposition."